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Why I Chose Adult Orthodontic Treatment (and why you should too).

If you had told me ten years ago that I would receive adult orthodontic treatment while I was in college, there is no way I would have believed you. Growing up, I never had a perfect smile. This was a fact that I accepted. As a college student, I figured that going in for an orthodontic consultation would only lead to disappointment. The idea of dealing with the expense of braces or Invisalign seemed too far out of reach. It turns out, I was wrong.

“If you look in the mirror right now, and you are not completely satisfied with the smile you have, it’s never too late to do something about it.” The fact of the matter is this: orthodontic treatment is far more affordable than it has been in the past decade. At Seidner Dentistry, we pride ourselves in helping patients renew their smile by utilizing their insurance and creating affordable payment options.

When I had my braces removed in December, I noticed a dramatic difference in my smile. My bite was finally aligned properly. My teeth w…

White Spots on Teeth: Cosmetic or Something More Serious?

Beautiful teeth are always trendy, now more than ever. It comes at no surprise that 47% of Americans choose a person’s smile to be their most important physical feature. Luckily, more than half (64%) of those surveyed like their smile. Unfortunately, those who are unhappy with their pearly whites attribute their disappointment to the color of their teeth. White spots and yellow/gray tinting are a few of the factors that motivate patients to seek the advice of their dentist about enhancing their smile. Improving tooth color can be as simple as whitening at home or a dental office, however not all tooth imperfections can be corrected this way. White spots can leave a patient feeling self-conscious about their smile and at a loss of how to get rid of them. Aside from being a cosmetic concern, white spots can be a primary indicator of tooth decay. Fortunately, treatments are available to help reduce their appearance or eliminate them altogether.

White spots can be found on any tooth but …

Dental X-rays: Do I Really Need Them?

I was recently in a spirited discussion with a patient on the necessity of dental x-rays. This particular patient had not been in for a while; in fact, it was about two years since his last visit and check-up. As he sat in the chair, I reminded him of his last appointment date which included an exam and x-rays. I further explained that with his “extended” leave of absence I would recommend having check-up x-rays taken before we started the cleaning. With a sheepish grin, he responded, “No thank you, I want to live!” I couldn’t help but chuckle, and I knew I was going to enjoy our conversation. As we tried to outwit each other on the pros and cons of dental radiation exposure, our lighthearted and humorous verbal sparring went something like this:

Me: “I want you to live too, just pain-free!”

Him: “Well I don’t have pain, so I don’t think there is anything wrong.”

Me: “Many areas of decay may not be painful and when caught early can be easily removed with minimal involvement to the to…